Shortly before noon Monday, the driver of a rental car led Manhattan Beach Police on a chase on city streets and the 405 freeway southbound when he refused to pull over on a traffic stop, said MBPD Public Information Officer Stephanie Martin.
The 2012 white Chevy Cruise, a rental from Enterprise in Pasadena, was first seen at Peck Avenue and 8th Street by undercover MBPD detectives looking for suspicious activity. They were in an area of recent residential burglaries.
Detectives followed the suspicious vehicle, with two black males and one black female inside, and when they attempted a traffic stop, the driver sped off.
During the chase, the suspects threw out what appears to be a pry tool in the 1200 block of Magnolia Avenue. Police have recovered the evidence, Martin said.
The suspects took the 405 south from Inglewood Avenue, with MBPD in pursuit. Hawthorne police and the California Highway Patrol also participated in portions of the chase.
Officers did not locate the car or passengers, losing sight of the vehicle on the 405 somewhere in the Long Beach area, said Martin.
Investigators will see if Enterprise has any surveillance footage of the people who rented the car, as well as check the identification the driver gave to rent the car, which could be fake.